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> broad economical trends and projections
Any good Economics Text book will do: like Principles of Economics/ Principles of Microeconomics, Gregory Mankiw
You can also try, although, personally I have not taken these:
> FT and all the stats that CNBC shows me
For Investment valuation and Corporate Finance Damodaran is one of the best sources:
Visit his blog, read his books. He has online classes as well
Also you can try, (I've not taken this course): https://www.coursera.org/learn/financial-markets
For Value Investing, Benjamin Graham is a classic:
> For Technical Analysis and Futures Trading though, there are tonnes of books. May be you can start with these:
> combine my CS background with Finance and do something interesting in it
⬐ manish_gillFantastic. Thanks for this!⬐ phrogdriverDamodaran and Graham are fantastic, as is Shiller's Financial Markets. His 2008 course on Open Yale was an early spark in my career.
After a quick look at the "Technical Analysis" book preview on Amazon, I would caution that technical analysis is generally a rorschach test of humans finding patterns in data when there really aren't any. Skip that one.